Bonnie Franklin, One Day at a Time Star, Dies at 69

Celebrity News Mar. 1, 2013 AT 2:00PM
Bonnie Franklin Bonnie Franklin Credit: Courtesy Everett Collection

Bonnie Franklin, best known for playing Ann Romano on the long-running CBS sitcom One Day at a Time in the 1970s and '80s, died Friday (March 1) at her home in L.A. She was 69 years old.

Family members say Franklin passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in September 2012.

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A veteran theater actress, Franklin rose to fame on One Day at a Time, which ran from 1975 to 1984. As Romano, a divorced thirty-something who was raising two teenagers (played by Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips), she was nominated once for an Emmy (in 1982) and twice for Golden Globe Awards (in 1982 and '83).

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The redheaded star reunited with her onetime TV daughter Bertinelli when she made an appearance on a 2011 episode of Hot in Cleveland. She also had a recent cameo on The Young and the Restless in 2012.

The actress is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed and Julie Minoff. Their father was Franklin's late husband Marvin Minoff, who died in 2009.

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